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Posted 05 Feb 09 by Tatyana

I have a nagging sense that I may have already published some of these. But since I didn’t remember the definitions when I looked them up, I decided that repetition can be good.

     
  1. Bindlestiff – "hobo, one who carries his clothes or bedding in a bundle”
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  3. Timbre – "the quality given to a sound by its overtones”
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  5. Loll – "to hang loosely or laxly, droop”, "to act or move in a lax, lazy, or indolent manner, lounge”
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  7. Umiak – "an open Eskimo boat made of a wooden frame covered with hide”
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  9. Scow – "a large flat-bottomed boat with broad square ends used chiefly for transporting bulk material (as ore, sand, or refuse)”
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  11. Earwig – "any of numerous insects (order Dermaptera) having slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of cerci resembling forceps at the end of the body” (Just the name makes me cringe!)
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  13. Krait – "any of a genus (Bungarus) of brightly banded extremely venomous nocturnal elapid snakes of Pakistan, India, southeastern Asia, and adjacent islands”
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  15. Moppet – child
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  17. Nudnik -  "a person who is a bore or nuisance”
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  19. Sapid – flavorful
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  21. Swami – "a Hindu ascetic or religious teache”
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  23. Nave – "the main part of the interior of a church”

All definitions are from Merriam-Webster online.


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